If it was proven to me that giving Spinetingler away for free online was having a serious impact on the readership of print magazines, should I pull the plug on Spinetingler?
It might be necessary to read my comment on the post below to Barbara to understand this question, but it is one I'm throwing open for the masses. You see, in debating used book sales (and let me be clear on something: I'm more interesting in the reasoning people put behind their position than anything else. I'm not saying this for people I know online, but for people I know in the "real" world, who buy at least one $3 coffee a day and then grumble about the cost of even a new paperback) I have an actual, practical reality to consider with what I've been doing the past few years.
This might not be true of all e-zines, because we do reviews and interviews as well as short stories, so we do come closer to what many print magazines for our genre offer, so I'm not meaning to put any other e-zine editors in the hot seat.
What do the readers say?
(While I have an opinion, I'm curious to see what others have to say first.)